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Bellingham is thirty-two miles north-west from Newcastle, seventeen miles north from Hexham, six miles north of Simonburn, and nine miles south-west from Elsdon. Twenty-five houses were burnt down in this small place on the 25th of August, 1780. – Here is a fair annually on the 15th of September.  There is a carrier, George Brechens, to Newcastle on Thursdays. – Principal inhabitants:


Smith Rev. Mr. Curate


Rutledge James, Surgeon

Scott –, Surgeon


Charleton John, Grocer and Haberdasher

Dodds William, Victualler

Fenwick Thomas, Victualler

Turnbull Ann, Grocer and Haberdasher

Lamb Jacob, Grocer and Haberdasher

Paterson Thomas, Grocer and Haberdasher

Scott Margaret, Grocer and Haberdasher

The village of Wark is four miles south. Wark or Werke Castle, was often attacked by the Scots. Green-head, of High-green colliery, is in this manor.  The village is small, and has nothing remarkable but an exploratory mount, and a small part of the ruins, which form a rude pillar. – The principal inhabitants of Wark are Mr. Kell and David Nixon, General Merchants; and Thomas Dodds, Shoemaker.

Hazeleyside, the seat of William Charlton, Esq. is two miles west; and Reidsmouth, the seat of  — Charlton, Esq. two miles east.

Source: Universal British Directory 1791